Bandit’s Been Adopted!!!

That’s right folks! Many of you guessed right after seeing our post on Friday. Little baby Bandit has officially gone to his new home!

I'm going to my forever home!

I’m going to my forever home!

His new forever dad (“P.“) couldn’t be happier. He is looking forward to taking Bandit (now named George) on tons of great adventures. He mentioned running, hiking, camping and trips to the beach in the summer. I must say I’m a little jealous! I think George is going to make it to the beach before I do this year.

I get to go where?

I get to go where?

George isn’t going to be the only dog in the house, you see George’s new dad lives with his sister “C.” and her dog “Chug the pug.” At the meet and greet they hit it off great! C. said she hasn’t seen Chug play like this with another dog in a while, “it’s like he’s a puppy again.” P. even said that he is adjusting well, sleeping mostly through the night and sitting by the door when it’s time to go potty. What a smart boy!

Pshh.. Yeah! Of course I'm smart, my foster momma taught me well.

Pshh.. Yeah! Of course I’m smart, my foster momma taught me well.

P. also mentioned that he would be bringing George back by in a week or two just to visit for some extra socialization and see his foster brothers again. Being the foster mom, I think this is FANTASTIC! I love getting messages and pictures from my former fosters families with updates on how well they are doing. With George living fairly close, I get the bonus of seeing him in person too! Yipee!

Foster mom, you couldn't stay away from a guy as cute as me!

Foster mom, you couldn’t stay away from a guy as cute as me!

I couldn’t be happier for George and his new family. They are going to have tons of fun on all their adventures and who could’ve asked for anything better than that!  Good luck my “little badass” I hope you live a long, happy, healthy, and adventurous life with your new family!

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Bandit and I about a week before he was adopted. Gonna miss this kid.

Photo Friday ~ Someone’s Got Some News

Who's got the good news?

Who’s got the good news?

One of these two cuties has some good news to share with everyone on Monday. Will it be Bandit?

Will it be Bandit?

Will it be Bandit?

Or will it be Gypsy?

Or will it be Gypsy?

Or will it be Gypsy?

Check back on Monday to find out who!

 

 

Photo Friday ~ The Right Shot

It’s not so easy getting “the right shot” when taking pictures of dogs, especially puppies. They tend to get excited over the fact that you have treats and want to move around and do what they can to please you. I think on Wednesday, I took over 20+ photo’s to get this great side-by-side shot of my two current fosters Gypsy and Bandit.

Final Product! Gypsy & Bandit.

Final Product! Gypsy & Bandit.

Just for the fun of it, I thought I would share with you some of the outtakes that were still good but not GREAT!

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Brewer snuck into the background and the light source was blocked.

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Still cute, but I wanted to get a shot where you could see the size differences in the pups.

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Both dogs not paying attention t me at all!

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Another great contender for “the right shot” but with Bandit slightly in front of Gypsy you couldn’t really compare the size all that well.

Like I said there, were TONS of other shots with the dogs in motion and blurry, or with my other two dogs being nosy and sneaking into the picture without me noticing. Taking tons of pictures and having a little patience goes a long way though. Sometimes you end of with an unplanned gem like the one below with my two boys (Brewer and Bailey) and my foster girl Gypsy.

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**Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a photographer by any means, I just try my best to get good pictures for the sake of this blog :)**

Gypsy and Bandit are available for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue.  If you are interested in adopting one (or both) of these cuties please visit the Mutts Matter Rescue page and fill out an adoption application.

Training Tip Tuesday ~ Introducing the “Scary” Vacuum

For many puppies and adult dogs a like, the vacuum can be a very scary thing. It’s weirdly shaped, vary loud, and moves in frantic forward and backward motions. Since we vacuum regularly on the weekends in my household, I knew that I had to start introducing the “scary” vacuum to the new foster puppies ASAP. If you take the time from the very beginning and slowly introduce the vacuum to your new dog, it’ll be less stressful for the dog when the time comes to actually flip the switch and get the job done.

Step 1: Introducing the vacuum. When you first introduce the vacuum to your dog, you want to do it while it’s stationary and turned OFF. Maybe practice some basic behaviors in the same room as the vacuum and let the dog investigate it while positively rewarding the dog with yummy treats.

Investigating the big weird yellow thing

Investigating the big weird yellow thing (First introduction with the vacuum OFF)

Step 2: Moving the vacuum. Once the dogs seem to be comfortable around the vacuum. You’ll want to start to move it (again still keeping it turned OFF). What I did with my current foster dogs (pictured above) was walk around my house with the vacuum turned OFF while tossing them treats at the same time. In no time the pups thought it was an awesome game. When the vacuum moves we get treats!!

Step 3: Turning ON the vacuum. Going back to having the vacuum stationary. You want to flip the vacuum ON for a second or two while simultaneously give treats (very generously). Once you switch the vacuum OFF, treats stop. So it’s Vacuum ON: Treat, treat, treat. Vacuum OFF: No treats. You want to repeat this step several times until your dog is happily waiting for treats when the vacuum is switched on. You also want to vary the time you have the vacuum switched into the ON position. At first 2 or 3 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 5 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 7 seconds then 30 seconds…. and so on. *Note: Another option could be giving your dog a stuffed Kong or a very high value treat (like a bully stick) to chew on when the vacuum is switched ON.*

What is that noise? Gypsy investigates further as Bandit eats some treats.

What is that? Gypsy investigates further as Bandit eats some treats.

Step 4: Moving the vacuum while turned ON. Once your dog seems comfortable and happy with the vacuum being switched ON and stationary, you then want to begin to move the vacuum around the house while in the ON position. Again, every time the vacuum is in the ON position you are tossing treats like there is no tomorrow. Like in step 3, you want to take baby steps in the amount of time the vacuum is ON and moving. You want to slowly build up your time vacuuming. Start out with a few seconds, then few minutes (or maybe one small room of the house) at a time and then gradually increase as your dog becomes more and more comfortable. *Note: This whole process may take a few days/weeks so be patient and go at your dogs pace. You want to make sure this is a positive and fun experience for you pup. Start out by vacuuming small portions of your house each day. Depending on your dog in a few days/weeks you can be back to vacuuming your entire house in the same day.*

Luckily, our young foster puppies took  to this vacuum thing fairly quickly. It only took them a little more than a week to get used to the vacuum and by the end of the second week I was able to vacuum the entire house while the pups lay quietly on a dog bed enjoying a delicious stuffed Kong.

What ways do you help your dog feel more comfortable around new “scary” things?

Gypsy and Bandit (both pictured here) are available for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue.  If you are interested in adopting one (or both) of these cuties please visit the Mutts Matter Rescue page and fill out an adoption application.

Photo Friday ~ Cuddle Buddies

You just can’t get enough of puppies who love to cuddle. Gypsy and Bandit can be caught at almost anytime of the day taking naps together. It is just too cute to explain without showing you some pictures, take a look!

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Whether it’s cuddling on top of…

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…or cuddling next too…

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…they just love to lounge together whenever they get the chance!

Both Bandit (black puppy) and Gypsy (brown puppy) are available for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue.  If you are interested in adopting one (or both) of these cuties please visit the Mutts Matter Rescue page and fill out an adoption application.